June 16, 2022

The Crossroads We're Facing

Evensong on Sunday marked not only the close of that day, but the close of a spring which included a return to many things we weren’t able to do together during the pandemic. Celebrating Pentecost marked another steppingstone in our journey through things that we have missed for three years and it feels good to experience the predictable rhythm of the church year (not that ‘predictable’ is in any danger of returning to my vocabulary).   

For me, that familiar rhythm also serves to highlight the many ways that we have changed and grown as a church. People who were ‘new’ when we weren’t here to meet them in person are now integral to our life and activities. Midweek is now a part of our rhythm. Children grow older even faster when I don’t see them as often and it is a new group running around the Cloister or Bishop Garden while we meet in Hadley Hall. Amid uncertainty and an unfamiliar path, we embraced new things and took the risk of moving forward with new visions. 

As Dave McSweeney shared in the newsletter several weeks ago, at our Vestry Retreat in May, Rev. Nick read Joshua 1:1-9 about God’s commissioning of Jacob in the aftermath of Moses’ death and posed questions to us: Where have we been over the past year together? Where are we now, and what crossroads are we facing? In the Midweek Bible Study several weeks later, he read the same passage and asked that group similar questions. At the Mission & Outreach Retreat this past weekend, that group began the day in the chapel with the same reading and similar questions.   

Each time I hear the words in the passage from Joshua and each time I reflect on the questions, I notice different things and my answers change a bit. Similarly, the conversation within each group evolves in a different way reflecting the experiences and connections in that group. Yet, there are echoes across the conversations that reflect the ties between us and our shared experience of church at Epiphany.

As we continue to talk about where we are and where we feel called to go, I am energized by what is new and deeply grateful for being with so many of you again in the familiar rhythms of Epiphany.   

Nelia Newell 

Last Chance: Register This Week for 2022
Parish Weekend Away!

Please register this week for Epiphany's intergenerational Parish Weekend Away at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center in Greenfield, NH the weekend of September 23-25, 2022! To sign up, please click the button below. 

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Parish Office Closed for Juneteenth: June 20

Please note the parish office will be closed on Monday, June 20 in honor of Juneteenth. 

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. For ideas on how to honor Juneteenth, check out this list of resources for all ages from St. James' Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. 


July Birthdays & Anniversaries

Do you have a birthday or anniversary during the month of July that you would like remembered in 3 Crowns and the Sunday bulletin? If so, please send the details to Kathryn in the parish office by Sunday, June 26. 


Announcing the Summer Choir

Beginning this Sunday morning, June 19, the Summer Choir will assist in leading the music at our 10:00 am services, and we would like to invite anyone interested to join in. No commitment needed — simply be in the choir loft at 9:00 am on any Sunday you choose, and we will prepare the music for that day. Make it a family event if you like; anyone entering second grade or older is invited to sing. The summer choir will not vest or process. If you’ve ever considered joining the Parish Choir, but were afraid of making that commitment, this is your chance to give choir a try in a more relaxed setting. We hope to see some new faces and hear some new voices over the summer. If you have questions, please contact Jeremy Bruns in the music office at: jbruns@3crowns.org


Youth Lock-In: June 24

Registration is open for our Youth Group Lock-In! We'll gather the evening of Friday, June 24 for a progressive dinner before returning to the church for a camp-out in the Bishop's Garden, with s'mores, games, and fellowship. Participants will sleep in individual tents, to minimize the risk of Covid transmission. On Saturday, we will learn more about a local organization making a difference in the community, and spend a couple hours working with them. Please reach out to Eva Dalzell with any questions or if you'd like to help out!


Bible Study on Hiatus During July & August

Please note that Epiphany's Bible study, held on Sundays at 9:00 am, will be on hiatus during the months of July and August. Join us for our last meetings of the program year on June 19 and June 26. Bible study will resume following Labor Day. 


Join Us for a Day of Sun, Fun, Food & Magic!

On Friday, July 29, 80 kids and staff from B-SAFE, the summer program run by St. Stephen's Youth Programs (SSYP), will visit Winchester. We will play, splash, run and create in the morning at Shannon Beach on Mystic Lake and then we will eat, laugh and witness some amazing magic at Epiphany in the afternoon.

We will also provide 50 bags of groceries for families facing food insecurity. 
Your donation of time and food will help make the magic happen. Click here to donate food and click here to volunteer your time.

Please contact Betsy Walsh with any questions. Thank you!


Updating Friends in Deed for 2022

After the last couple of years, we need to make sure that our Friends In Deed list is up to date. If you want to remain on this list, if you would like to join us, or if you have any questions, please let Sara Post know. 

Friends In Deed is a group of parishioners who show the love of this community in times of need and moments of celebration. When a need arises, a request is sent out to all our members and they respond as they are able. We've provided rides to appointments, meals, small gestures of care (plant, flowers, bread), and even helped with baby holding. Our Baptismal Covenant asks us to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as our self. Friends In Deed does this.


Staffing Update

Eva Dalzell's final day as Interim Director of Youth Ministries will be Sunday, July 10, after which she will be moving to New Jersey to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. She is deeply grateful for all the support she's been given and everything she's learned in her time at Epiphany, and is excited for the next stage of Epiphany's life as a community with Janelle Hiroshige as the Associate for Youth and Community Partnerships.


New Epiphany Household Directory

A new May 2022 Epiphany household directory is now available for download! However, we need your help. This is the first directory produced with our new database program, Realm — please take a moment to review your household information and confirm its accuracy. For any corrections or changes, please contact Kathryn in the parish office. 


Help with Fellowship Hour in June

We are looking forward to fellowship hours on Sundays in June, and would greatly appreciate your help! Please click on the button below to contribute a baked good, fresh fruit, a gluten-free snack, and/or your time. 

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

Christmas Fair is Coming on November 19:
How Can You Help? 

Many people have already committed to leadership roles but there are still positions open. Find a friend and sign up! There is a detailed book on what has been done in the past, but you can remake it to be new, different and yours! Most needed is a co-chair or co-chairs who will be able to take over next year. The Children's Room needs leaders. You might have some great ideas for activities to engage our young people. If you'd like to be more involved with Jewelry, White Elephant, or any of the other areas, sign up.

Over the summer if you make jams or do crafts, consider saving some to contribute to the fair. What can you contribute to the silent auction? Collaborate with friends to do a theme basket! Offer tickets to a sporting event, theater, or symphony! Share a vacation home! Offer to share your unique talent for a tour, dinner, you name it!

Contact Sara Post with any questions or to sign up.


Deepening Our Knowledge of Afghan Culture


Four Rawan children enjoying the school playground with a friend (L-R: friend, Mansor, Toheed, Adil, and Sapna). CREDIT: The Rev. Bob Davidson

Our interfaith volunteers are settling into the new routine of supporting the Rawan family as they adjust to life in America.

One volunteer’s experience highlights the rewards and challenges of this intercultural work:

What I would stress from my interactions with the family is that we have to leave behind our preconceived ideas of how things should be done. In the apartment setup, people worked so hard. Despite being as sensitive as we could to the family's possible needs and wants, the apartment was set up as we would like our own to be. We were concerned that the apartment would be too small for the family, but in fact the parents would not have liked children’s rooms on different floors.

When I go to the apartment, the setup is changing all the time — they have made it work for them. The "living room" seems to be a spare room and hardly used. The extended family gathers in what used to be the dining room. Living in very close quarters is what is comfortable for them.

To help us better understand the Afghan, and more particularly the Rawans’, perspective, Robin Kutner of Temple Shir Tikvah, with Bob Davidson and Pam Chester, has drafted a resource to answer some of our questions. Members of our NST (neighborhood support team) will receive a copy this week. Please contact Bob, frbobdav@msn.com, to volunteer with WIRP, or to comment on this information. You can join in this fascinating journey!

This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, June 16

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom

6:30pm Parish Choir Potluck in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden  

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Sunday, June 19

8:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary 

9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room

9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 

9:00am Summer Choir Warm-up in the Choir Loft

10:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary, Hadley Hall, and via YouTube 

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden
11:30am Youth Ministry Advisory Group in the Upper Parish Hall 

Monday, June 20

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Juneteenth
6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, June 21

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
7:00pm Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Thursday, June 23

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

7:30pm Healing Ministry Team Meeting via Zoom

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 


For More Information

For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Nick by dialing 781-729-1922 Ext. 5. 
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